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The wedding villanelle; (for Judith)

Today begins our fuller life! Now from this day, we two are one; I am your husband, you my wife. From witness false and rumour rife We proudly walk out in the sun; Today begins our fuller life. Guard us from anger, hate, and strife We pray, and let Thym will be done. I am your husband, you my wife. All needless slaughter, gun and knife, All brutish acts, we loathe and shun. Today begins our fuller life. Let trumpet sound, harp, flute and fife, To hail our union now begun. Today begins our fuller life, I am your husband, you my wife.

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